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It’s (almost) Showtime!


The Speciality & Fine Food Fair is just around the corner – are you ready to set yourself apart from the ever-expanding crowd of exhibitors? Read on to find out how ordering printed bags can work like magic to increase footfall and sales…

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One size fits all: From tote bag to status symbol

One Size fits all

Now an essential item when we hit the High Street, whether acquired from a fashion boutique or cheese shop, the unassuming cloth tote reveals more than you think about self-image and society.

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Need printed bags for Christmas? Here’s your timeline

Ordering bags for Christmas

With half a year to go till Christmas, it seems like a long time (that’s just 25 weeks or 180 sleeps, mind) but with many of you making more than half of your sales and profits in the three months before Christmas, it’s never too early to start planning…

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The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival comes to London

Taste of London

For those of us who dedicate our lives to the food biz you will no doubt agree that creating a “food experience” each day for people to enjoy is no easy task!  There is ambience to consider, an ethos to perfect, and yes of course, a product to deliver. But still, these concepts and so many more are only a drop in the bucket when it comes to creating a successful food business.

The last decade in London has brought with it dynamic chefs from all over the globe who have built destination eateries all across the London capital.  What was once a city whose monuments were the main stars, now play equal billing to our shines of food. Each year, Taste of London – The World’s Greatest Restaurant takes a snapshot of our food world and recreates it amongst the palatial gardens of Regents Park. With a menu card that lists a cornucopia of taster bites, Taste of London gives all of us much more than a mouthful.

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Riedel Wine Glasses – the key to wine is in the glass

Riedel glassware on sale now

When our recently launched range of Riedel glassware first passed by my desk, I couldn’t help but pause and reflect. That might sound a little Californian-OTT of me, but there was more to it than that.

I first discovered Riedel – The Wine Glass Company while frequenting the acclaimed Los Angeles eateries which I was privileged to work in. While the establishments themselves held their food and wine in high esteem, they also held their crockery, stemware and the conduits they served them in, in equally high regard as well, after all, I’m the first to appreciate that presentation is everything.

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The Grocery Robots are coming to a street near you


When they told you, you could be traded in for a younger model, you probably never imagined they’d come in the guise of a 2ft tall hunk of plastic attached to 6 wheels and travelling at speeds of up to 4 mph – AND carrying your neighbours groceries. But that’s exactly what residents of Greenwich have coming their way this summer as new driverless vehicle trials begin on the streets of London.

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Valentina Fine Foods: the next level in store design

Valentina Clapham visual makeover

With eight branches already in London, Surrey and Kent, authentic Italian delicatessen, restaurant, cafe and wine shop Valentina Fine Foods, opened their ninth store in Clapham Junction at the taile end of last year.

Valentina called upon the expertise of Eve Reid, founder of The Retail School and visual merchandising specialists, The Metamorphosis Group, to help them with their in-store merchandising, space planning and increasing overall commercial performance.

These exclusive case study pictures gives a real insight into the process and methods behind planning a new store from concept to completion, particularly for retailers moving into their next, third or fourth bricks and mortar enterprise.

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The Queen’s 90th birthday: Your guide to the celebrations


Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday is coming up and will be one of the highlights of 2016, providing an excellent opportunity to increase profits for your business.

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Simple Ways to Celebrate English Wine Week


English Wine Week, back once again!

We’re embracing the national event here at WBC, as we’re proud of the fact that Old Blighty is producing more and more of the stuff, with some English vineyards even taking on the world of bubbly! So it’s something to celebrate and a great opportunity (aka excuse) to boost your profits during this special week.

Whatever type of retailer you are – independent wine merchant, delicatessen, hotel, pub, bar or restaurant (in fact if you’re just lucky enough to sell wine!) it can be easy and cost-effective to get involved…

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All things spring at Forza Win


Welcomed in by a friendly tabby, we entered Copeland Park in Peckham for a unique dining experience at Forza Win; the communal eating pioneers where everyone sits at the same table, pays the same price and shares the same meal.

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